March 20, 2019

Springing Forward—How to Tackle Home Spring Cleaning

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Springing Forward—How to Tackle Home Spring Cleaning

Posted by: Patrick Lewis, Manager Marketing Communications & Content Development

Based on the Farmer’s Almanac, the spring (or vernal) equinox, also known as the first day of spring, begins on Wednesday, March 20 in the Northern Hemisphere. I will just have to take their word for it, because from where I’m sitting, it is cold, gray, and there are still the remnants of snow.

But knowing that spring is just around the corner, so is the inevitable need (?), compulsion (?), obligation (?) for spring cleaning, and these days there is no shortage of tips on cleaning and organizing your home! So, whether you are planning on selling your home and want to get it ready now, or just trying to whip it into tip top shape for the spring, following are some tips to help you:

  • Assess your home’s condition–inside & out: look at your home from the point of view of a buyer, is it “move-in ready”? What needs to be updated to appeal to today’s buyer?
  • First impressions go a long way: curb appeal is important! Simple touches like making sure the lawn is cut and raked, gutters are clean, and landscaping looks crisp and polished go a long way.
  • Remove distractions & get organized: there has been no shortage of discussion lately (Marie Kondo is everywhere, more on her later!) on tackling clutter and purging unwanted, or unused, items. Don’t bite off more than you can chew, tackle clutter one room at a time. If you’re selling your home, remove any personal items or clutter that can distract the buyer from the room’s features. You want potential buyers to be able to visualize their furnishings in the space.
  • Deep clean: go beyond just vacuuming, do some dusting, clean windows, scrub those baseboards, clean tile grout, etc. A little extra elbow grease can make a big impression.
  • Heart healthy: the kitchen is the heart of the home and can be one of the most important rooms for buyers to see. You don’t necessarily need to totally renovate, a coat of paint, new handles and drawer pulls, and cabinet facing can give a nice, quick update.
  • Make it fresh & bright: much like curb appeal, a fresh, bright coat of paint can go a long way. Also, take a look at your carpet, flooring, and window treatments.

Spark Joy and Spruce Up Your Home

Speaking of Marie Kondo, following is her basic checklist of rules for cleaning and organizing:

  • Make the commitment to decluttering and organizing your space. 
  • Consider how tidying up might change your life and what your life will look like once you are done with the process. 
  • Get rid of unwanted items first and thank each item for serving its purpose before discarding. 
  • Think category, not location when organizing your efforts, for example, clothes, books, or decorations, not location.
  • Follow the checklist order by starting at the top and working your way down. 
  • Find joy in keeping the things that you want and bring you happiness.

Additional Resources

From cleaning and organizing your garage, to swapping rooms to refresh your home, here are some additional resources to help you on your way:

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Patrick is manager, marketing communications at Cartus. He has more than 20 years of marketing, communications, and writing experience, and a decade of global relocation experience.

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